I've seen people create an entire chest of drawers out of their vintage luggage finds, it really looks pretty cool. Any how the short of it people are doing some super funky, unique and crazy cool things with these pieces.
Our complete project will be done in a couple of phases as the pieces are acquired.
The project vintage luggage shelving with a bit of funkiness.
|final product of phase 1 (front side staged for photo)|
|final product of phase 1 (back side)|
Stage 1, acquiring the find or finds. This wooden piece is a perfect jump off point for starting the floating stack of shelves.
|stage 1 acquiring your find|
Stage 2, splitting the piece in half. From one side of your piece measure and scribe a line where you want the piece cut. Do this step on all four sides of your piece. Once you have your line scribed on all sides be sure they match up, then take your circular saw and start cutting. If your piece has the luggage liner in it still you may want to remove it before cutting to prevent ot from wrapping up in the saw. Once cut in two sand all cut edges.
|stage 2, project cut in two|
|stage 3, cutting side supports|
|stage 3, nailing side supports to your piece|
|stage 4, both pieces ready to mount|
|stage 4, a view of the profile wall|
Stage 5 mounting your pieces. Determine your desired height and mark it with a level. Follow your level and make a mark on your outside corners and on the backside of the wall. This determines your height you still need to determine the distance of your piece from the wall. Find a stud and screw your mounting kleet into it in (2)places. Once piece is on use two small course drywall screws to hold. Duplicate these steps for the other half of your luggage. Stand back and make sure their both mounted at the same height.
|stage 5, attaching mounting kleet|
|stage 5, attaching your piece to the kleet|
|stage 5, repeating and mounting the other half|
|stage 5, standing back and viewing the profile|
Again this is only phase 1 of what will eventually be a stack of floating pieces of super cool vintage luggage shelving. The more luggage you add the bigger the statement your installation will have. The funkiness part is optional (adding the pieces on the other side of the wall). The corky funky part is what makes this one fun for me.
I love it and can't wait to get my other pieces up!!